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South Sound Indoor Playground/Play Place Guide-Last Updated 1/14/2014  SFM recommends double checking hours if it’s a holiday period, or you’d be coming from a long distance.

If you found this post searching for South Sound indoor playgrounds, Welcome! I blog exclusively for South Puget Sound families. I hope you make SFM a regular stop.

Even in the rainiest of weather, kids have energy to burn. Here are some options for running and jumping that don’t include puddles!

Don’t forget to check the bouncy house list for more options. I also have a list of area malls and stores with play areas.

For purposes of this post, I decided to stick to places that could loosely be considered play grounds or play areas. When possible, I’ve copied hours and rates directly from websites. I’ve also provided links for you to check out.

South King County

Burien-The Jungle Gym Open play times Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, and Saturday at varying times, plus monthly date nights, camps, and parties. Go here for the daily schedule and look for, “Open play.”

Tukwila-Family Fun  Center Variety of indoor play areas, including the jungle-gym, soft-play facility, Kidopolis for kids 58 inches and shorter. 5.50 admission; socks required. Value packages are also available if you want to use multiple attractions. Look on their website for coupons  or specials or in your Entertainment Book. Open daily, all day, except for special closures for private parties.

Kent City of Kent indoor park Opens October 8th! Old dates are up now, but all other info. is still correct.  For ages 10mos. to 41/2 yrs. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11. Not open every week-check the link for “off,” days before you go. 2.00 first child; 1.00 for siblings; punch cards available. Limit of 3 children per caregiver

Kent-The Metropolitan gym opens their facility to the public during select hours: Wed & Fri 12:00-2:00PM (Ages 1-7)   Wed & Fri 2:00-4:00PM (All Ages) Thurs 2:00-4:00PM (All Ages) Sat 12:00-2:00PM (All Ages) Rates Members: $8 – hour / $10 – 2 hours.Non-Members: $10 hour / $12 – 2 hour  Date nights and other special events are also offered

Federal Way Trampoline Nation  Weekday open jump times begin at 3PM Weekend times start at 10AM high flying, all ages fun on trampolines  Be sure to check out their Monday special, and ask about tween and teen nights. We are proudly sponsored by Trampoline Nation. Tell ‘em we sent you!

Federal Way-Federal Way Community Center “Come Play With Me,” indoor gym Mondays and Fridays 9:30-11:30 3.00 per child/punch cards available Bounce houses and a variety of ride on and sensory toys.  Coffee provided for the grown-ups!

Auburn The Auburn Gymnastics Center has a weekly open gym for preschoolers on Wednesday mornings from 11:30-12:30 and one for school age children on Fridays evenings from 7:30-9:30  The tot gym is 5.00; the Friday session is 15.00 or 10.00 for members.

Auburn-The city of Auburn  Gymnasium at Les Gove Park Indoor playground  For ages 5 and younger Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30-11 and Saturdays 9-10:30 2.00 first child; 1.00 each additional child; max of 3 per caregiver. Punch cards available. There are some closures around holiday times. The gym also offers periodic kids’ night out events and other family fun.

Auburn-Xtreme Bounce of Fun at the Supermall  Indoor playground for young children Follows mall hours; also offers date nights and parties

Enumclaw-Peak Gymnastics   Indoor park  Wednesdays and Fridays  12-2 4.00 per child; adults are free. Also hosts date nights/parents’ night out every Friday 7:30-10:30 for kids 3 and up (5 and older preferred) and beginning in October 7-10 Saturdays for up to 5th grade  *Peak is encouraging tween age kids on Fridays and younger ones at the Saturday session

Pierce County

 Sumner Roach Gymnastics in Sumner Open play Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 1-2:30; they also do date nights 7.00 per child/5.00 members Parental supervision required

Sumner City of  Sumner  Indooor Playground; link opens pdf  Music and toys suitable for kids 1-5. Runs through May; follows Sumner school calendar and is closed on no-school days and holidays. Parent with 3 or more tikes are asked to bring someone to help supervise. Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Cost: $3 per child at door or passes available at $25 for 10 visits Site: Robert Miller Gymnasium 15206 Daffodil St. Ct. E, Sumner

Fife-Indoor Play Time and Art  (Ages 12M- 5Y) This program is for parents and caregivers with their children, ages 1-5. Children enjoy small and large motor skill activities, art experiences, or group games. Planned activity every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Parents must be present to supervise their children at all times. No registration is required. Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2.00/child Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Puyallup  WiggleWorks  Indoor playground at the South Hill mall for young children  10AM-9 Monday-Saturday; 11AM-6PM Sunday

Puyallup  Indoor Play Park  Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 for ages 5 and under. 2.00 for residents; 3.00 for non residents; 1.00 each additional child; punchcards available.

Tacoma-Odyssey One offers a large jungle gym place space as well as an arcade area. Lunch specials available. Check for bogo coupons from the Entertainment book before you go. This is usually a great time in the morning before it gets crowded. 5.95 for kids 2 and up 1.95 for kids under 2 (they’re free if with an older child at the 5.95 rate). Grown-ups free.

Tacoma-University Place UPlay Town Center at Frog and Kiwi Cafe in University Place Town Center  Indoor play area with an awesome wooden structure and a nice variety of ride on toys and quality, creative play things. Get a latte in the cafe and watch your little ones play! Open daily but closed on weekends when private parties are booked. Check their fb page before heading out.

Tacoma-Children’s Museum  Admission is pay-as-you will; while not strictly a play area, there are lots of places to play and explore  Wednesdays-Sundays 10-5 Members only on Mondays; lots of special activities, too.

South Tacoma-The STAR center  has an urban adventure area with free play hours. Day passes can be purchased for 5.00. The site still says, “Summer,” but the hours are correct for fall.  Open daily; if you want to go at a less crowded time, avoid childwatch hours which is a supervised childcare time for members’ kids using the facility.

Lakewood-Pierce County Parks and Recreation has a new indoor playground for preschoolers at the Lakewood Community Center Tuesday and Thursday mornings. You can register in blocks to save money, or go as a drop-in as space is available.

Gig Harbor- Discovery Village-Children’s Museum and preschool also has a soft play area. Gig Harbor  Open Monday-Saturday 10-4

Kitsap

Port Orchard Imagination Station Indoor playground and children’s classes in Port Orchard. Open play Tuesdays-Saturdays

Bremerton Play Kitsap Indoor playground in Bremerton Open play daily Monday-Saturday

Thurston County

Lacey Charlie’s Safari-  Huge, indoor play center; daily open hours  Check for fb specials before you go.

Lacey Black Hills Gymnastics-Lacey Open play for kids 6 and under Fridays 1o-11:30 7.0o for 5+ Friday evenings 7-8:30

Olympia-Hands on Children’s Museum  While not specifically a playground, there are many areas to play and explore. Excellent museum

Olympia Piper’s Playground  Indoor play space for young children. Also offers classes and other events CLOSED

Tumwater Alley Oop Gymnastics-Tumwater  Indoor playground for kids 6 and under 11:30-1 Tuesdays and 10-11:30 Friday Open gym for older kids Saturday

For more options, check the Bounce House List for a complete list of bounce houses/inflatable indoor play places in the South Sound.

I also have a list of malls with soft play areas.  You’ll find both of those in the menu bar under, “Rainy Day Play!”

Comments

  1. Kelly Cadden says:

    Why are the play areas open for such short hours? Many single parents
    and grandparents dont pick-up kids until after 12 noon. Also, my grandson
    can play on toys and slides for several hours. Seens like kind of a waste
    to operate a play area for only 90min. in the early morning.

    • Hi, Kelly,

      I think most parks departments have programming in the early hours because they offer different activities at other times of day.
      Most of the other places I’ve listed do have some afternoon times. It never hurts to call and let them know what you’re interested in!

  2. Thank you for including the more southern areas! We went to Peak Gymnastics for my 6yr old’s BDay and my 8th grader loves to hang out there during their teen drop in days.

  3. Christine says:

    The Federal Way Community Center also has an indoor playground.

    COME PLAY WITH ME
    What to do when there’s nothing to do? Come
    check out the community center’s indoor play
    gym. Drop in and let your little ones (ages 10
    months to 5 years) interact with other children,
    jump in our inflatable bounce house, while
    you enjoy a cup of coffee. Coffee provided by
    Poverty Bay. Parent participation is required.
    Drop in fee is $3 per child. Hours are 9:30 –
    11:30am, Mondays and Fridays. Starting June
    15, Come Play With Me will be held on Fridays
    only.

    http://itallhappenshere.org/

    • Thanks so much, Christine!

      I’ll get that added.

      I forget to check Federal Way a lot-I think because of that silly itallhappenshere thing….

  4. hi! a friend recently sent me the link to your site and it’s lead us to lots of fun places so far! we recently moved from auburn to puyallup and wanted to tell you about two places we used to hang out! bounce it up 360 is a bounce house place in black diamond and the covington community center has an indoor playground too!! thanks again for this site! it’s really helped us get out and about since moving to a new town!

  5. Thanks for all of your awesome info! I checked out peak gym today, and I would suggest that those with little ones check the local school schedules before they go there. I didn’t know there was a half day, and my 13 month old spent the whole time dodging 4th and 5th graders. Not exactly what I expected!

  6. A new place in Olympia just opened last week called Piper’s Playground. We took our 4yr old and 1yr old and they had a blast. There was a cafe and tons of places to sit for the parents. We signed our daughter up for one of their classes too. I didn’t see it listed in the Thurston County area places and thought I would let you know. Thanks for all of the great info for parents on here.

  7. Piper’s Playground in Tumwater. Great place for kids with a coffee shop for parents that includes alternate milks.

  8. AMoore725 says:

    I saw the comment above regarding “Bounce It Up 360″ and wanted to update you – there is the original location in Black Diamond/Maple Valley, and the brand-new location in Enumclaw. :) Info is on their website. :)

    Also, thank you for putting this list together! I will be marking it in my favorites!

  9. Any evening or weekend fun activities for two full time working parents to do with small toddler age kids? Indoor playgrounds are great, but I’m working during most times they are open.

    • Hey, Nicole,
      I post a big list of family activities for the weekend every Friday morning. There is definitely lots to do!
      For evening activities, it depends a bit on what area you’re talking about and what hours. Most of the parks department indoor playgrounds are only open during the day, but most private playgrounds, children’s museums, and bounce house places do have evening hours at least some days. My Kindermusik sponsor in the North End of Tacoma does evening classes, and there is a MOPS group on the South Hill that meets evenings. If you give me some more specifics, I’ll try to give you some other suggestions. Do come back Friday morning if you’re after Saturday happenings!

  10. Can you please more stuff that is on weekends? Some parents do work during the week. thank you

    • Hi, Sheena! Do you visit the site on the weekends? I put up a Huge list of ideas every Friday morning! There’s one at the home page now! :)

  11. AMANDA MACIAS says:

    My 5 year old daughter and I love going to the Children’s Museum in Tacoma. The fee to get in is by donation, so basically whatever you feel you can afford. Way cool place!!! To many things to list!! We love going there on rainy days, any day actually. They even have date night programs. And many others.

  12. Hi, I was wondering if you have reviewed Piper’s Playground in Olympia/Tumwater area? We have not been there yet, but were thinking of adding it my MOPS summer play list….You have an awesome wealth of info, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for keeping us all in the know around the area here at Fort Lewis!

  13. I would love to add Xtreme Bounce of Fun to your list. Located in the Outlet Collection in Auburn for kids 48″ and under.

    http://www.facebook.com/XtremeBounceOfFun

    • Hey, Brittney, I have you guys included in my bounce house list! Thanks for stopping by, and drop me a line if you want to chat more about reaching out to my great readers. We love to bounce!

  14. Just a head’s up: Piper’s Playground in Tumwater/Olympia has closed. (November 2013)

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